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Arizona Republic from Phoenix, Arizona · Page 85

Phoenix, Arizona
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Sunday, December 10, 1995
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F6 The Arizona Republic Sunday, December 10, 1995 Channel 10 manager senses ratings rebound CHANNEL H from page Fl known for a few more days (when the detailed ratings "book" is released), but previous post-swap sweeps have shown dramatic growth in salable younger demographics. And Fox is hard at work at expanding its appeal. Indicative of the turnaround talk at Channel 10 are reports on November ratings gains for the station's morning news block. "Everything's relative," said Ber-kery of the show, whose performance has until now been emblematic of the station's overall funk and whose ratings still must charitably be described as modest. "Those ratings are up 20 percent. That's positive." Yet more positive to Berkery are some of the programming additions coming down the FoxNew World pipeline in 1996. For fall, New World is planning Access: Hollywood as a competitor to Entertainment Tonight and Extra. NBC News up-and-comer Giselle Fernandez was announced last week as host of the new show, which Channel 10 plans to air at 6:30 p.m. Both New World and Fox are planning late-night entries, also for fall. New World's show is a talk hybrid titled Loveline. Fox's announced plans are to produce a first-run soap opera set in New Orleans, but the notion has recently been floated to instead air X-Files reruns in late night. , v ......... i fOIN US EOR A MYSTERY COMEDY SOLVED OVER A DELICIOUS DINNER. Weekends: Scotts & Phx "Mystery Dinner Theatre Outshines the Rest" TRIBUNt NfWPM!K BOOK NOW FOR SPECIAL NEW YEAR'S EVE SHOWS M Hnnsuites HOLIDAY 13 specials! 2-Rm Hotel City Studio Suite 1 Nite $49 Fbgstafl $39 (69 Tucson R. Park 59 $79 ScottsdaWVimaBW $66 79 Phoenii BWTempe $75 Tucson BWOntaiol HI 2Nit(i 3 NKes or Each More Each $37 $34 $57 $4 $62 $59 (69 $69 SIIIDIQIROM $34 HiKVSof il H Ink! ih Fnwlr,! Pop on m Mkiro FVvM t iibi($M MhlVM InnSiiites Hotels torn 1 I J" mi ry nBUcriirm n mull tmSJtimmmwmM mnii nit A J PRONTO RESTAURANT 5950 East Ounplicll Avenue Hvcry Friihiy & Saturday nowinouu 1 1 ii; pi k)i;nix 6th ATSIO "AZKTTK SAYS: C( )NShCUTI VE ai ii ihNcii VI- Alt I 'AIM II IIWI ION SHOWS" CLLlAUlAlli Wi l li US ON NEW YEAR'S EVE I-xpcriciii i- ihc- loiii't'st riinnini: six iw in I'hocnix history fp I'lus hfr;i cnl i i I , i ii niicnl ov Imii h;iv- ;i urcnt infill Si In- ci it ri I .in in I Inim when yon iiirivf 'til lWCi! HOOK NOW "If I had my druthers, I'd rather have The X-Files," said Berkery. "It's a dark show, a late-night show. I'd rather have the known versus the unknown. Everybody knows that soaps take a long time to establish an audience." In daytime, Berkery said he needs to blow out at least three hours of Channel 10's current lineup, and will soon shop the syndication market for replacement shows. For competitive reasons, Berkery won't discuss the specifics of his shopping list. But expect Gabrielle (1 p.m.) and The Mark Walberg Show (2 p.m.) to remain. Do the math, though, and it becomes clear that Pat McMahon's radio-simulcast hour at 10 a.m. is a likely goner. "We're fighting a defensive battle until fall 1996," said Berkery. "There's no question we need more programming." Berkery looks forward to 1996 for other reasons. Election-year TV commercials, though a pestilence to viewers, tend to increase ad rates offered to commercial customers. As for local news, Berkery said, viewers shouldn't expect any major immediate changes, either in personnel or programming. Promotion is a different story. "I don't think that we're promoting our news as well as we ought to be," he said. As for content, he said, "I'd like to see our news be a little grittier." Holiday Gift Idea fM'r- Balloon !' . Rides k'fe Buy One FREE Use at cither Scottsdale, AZ or Del Mar, CA. I r;u isferahlc hut not rcfunJuhlc. V;iIkI thru 10-31- Desert Sky Balloons, llc (800) 2621979 Center Dante fnsemble's charming production, based on Hans Christian Andersen's classic tale. Ai the llerberger Theater Center. Dec. 7-9 & 14 16 at 7pm Dec. 9 10 & 16 17 at 2pm S I 5 Adults, S 1 2-Seniors 17 StudentsChildren 252-8497 or 6782222 Tlin fc',Keni ftf.fcw Ounce Company iJt Tfie Hetxriq&i 7t?3ei Center M94-I520 WHO ARE THESE PEOPLE? Snapshot profiles of the new faces on local TV: BLAIR MEEKS ' JOB: Reporter and fill-in anchor at Channel 12 (KPNX) since August. AGE: 29. COLLEGE: University of Missouri. MAJOR: Journalism. CAREER LADDER: Meeks' last stop was the NBC affiliate in Greensboro, N.C. Before that he worked in Savannah, Ga. FAMILY: Single. "I just haven't met the right woman." ORIGINALLY FROM: Lilburn, Ga. ETHNIC FOOD: "There are so many, but I'd have to say Italian." HOBBIES: Bike riding, Ultimate Frisbee. FAVORITE CHUCK BERRY SONG: Nadine. LAST CD BOUGHT: Insomniac, by Green Day. LAST BOOK READ: Broadcast Blues, by Eric Burns. "It's an THE GRAND CANYON MEN'S CHORALE Dr. CRAiq I WisTENdoiif, AkTisiic DiRttioR To Hear & to Hope A HOLIDAY CONCERT EXPRESSING THE SEASON OF HOPE THROUGH MUSIC SAMJKdAV, DECCMbER I 6, fi 00 p.M. SlINdAV, DlUMbfR I 7, 5:00 p.M. FiRST UiMind MEiliodist CIiurcIi, 5510 NoriIi CcntraI, PliotNix T't kits $ I 5 $5 piR Ticket to bfNtfiT PlrotNix Body PosiTivE AdvANCE, SaIis iliRout.h DilURds Box Office, 678-2222 IpJormamon 540-6740 AD SPONSORED BY PUEBLO , ""hX interesting book" about the TV-news business, Meeks said, "by a very bitter correspondent." QUOTE: "Telling stories" is Meeks' motivation in the TV news business. "Actually going out, talking to folks, and telling people about their personal stories. Every now and then, you tell a story well enough to bring about positive change." GRANDE MUSEUM AUXILIARY 'Hall of Fame' stumbles on 'Journey' motivations By Irv Letofsky Hollywood Reporter The widely honored Hallmark Hall of Fame, now in its 45th season, seldom fails to please. And while its 185th presentation, Journey, can't be said to be a completely pleasing story, it's wonderfully done with some beautiful moments of family and affection. Credit can be widely dispensed. Its executive producers are Glenn Close and Richard Welsh, and it's directed smartly by Tom 'Hallmark Hall McLoughiin, nfFaniP- warmly photo- 01 rame. graphed by JOUrney Kees Van Oos- 8 p.m. today, rum and Pf - Channel 5 fKtby (KPHO) Patrick Wl1" liams. The script was shaped by co-producer Patricia MacLachlan from her book. She also did an earlier Hallmark movie, Sarah, Plain and Tall, in which actress Close won some rave reviews. Then there's an affecting cast, primarily Max Pomeranc, the chess whiz kid in Searching for Bobby Fischer, as 11-year-old Journey, and old pro Jason Robards as wise grandpa Marcus, who has to win the boy's trust and love, and does. (Can we have doubted it?) Conflicts are set in motion by Min mm Jeffrey Siegel, Piano Keyboard Conversations' The Immortal Beethoven Tuesday, December 1 2, 8pm, $20 Program includes the master's poetic, genial F Sharp Major Sonata, dedicated to Theresa von Brunswick and the monumental C Minor Sonata Opus III, a composition written after the composer was totally deaf. Generously underwritten by Virginia C. Piper. -111" "Messiah" Sing-Along Sunday, December 17, 3pm, Free An annual holiday event featuring Handel's immortal work, performed by the Scottsdale Symphony & Chorale..and you! Music-score books available for purchase or rental at the door. Bring your family and friends and join in the celebration! winter solstice featuring Windham Hill recording artists Nightnoise, Patty Larkin, & Michael Manring Nightnoise Ma da December 28 - Catch the Flying Wallendas! You won't forget Flora the elephant! Experience a charming, one-ring circus where every seat is the best seat in the house. A great gift for the holidays! um. 'ibi.i RDPJNSONS-NUY l I A C U Rjtlurd M. Romley, Maricopa County Attorney i ' r ! I Max Pomeranc In ' his title role in : Journey, he evokes wonder, : tenderness and confusion through his view of the world. M i . mo" ff f (Meg Tilly), long deserted by her"' husband and left with their two children, Journey and Cat (Eliza Dushku). Min rages at her father, Marcus, tor wnat she teeis are nis lifelong criticisms of her and she can't bear to live on the farm anymore ! 1 il IS I , wun mm anu moiner Lome tnrenua rncker;. So she's off for parts unknown, perhaps forever, and the story then . centers on Journey and how he deals ' with the loss. II I - ' T . 1 . romeranc evunes simple icnucr-ness, sometimes wonder and confu-. sion, through his simple act of looking at the world. And McLoughiin directs , him in a lot of looks, which then are more effective than his words. This story presents itself as a celebration of family, and it mostly is, but we're left puzzled bv Min's ' mritr'trrc . Thursday & Friday, December 21 & 22, 8pm, $19 & $24 More than a concert, a musical celebration ' of the solstice! toi January 1 Dec. 28, noon & 4pm Dec. 29, 2 & 7pm Dec. 30, noon & 4pm Dec. 31, 2pm Jan. 1, noon & 4pm General Admission: $10 Child, $12 Adult Box Seats: $16 Child, $18 Adult At Chaparral Park in Scottsdale (Hoyden & Jackrobbit Rds) jelZ 4 ' Jorkrohbil ! 1 I For Tickets, Information or (vents Calendar 994-ARTS man r-UL J mmmmtiGETtnim the cold I 1 7 :

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